Anita-B Explores  D O W N T O W N  DESIGN DUBAI // 2019

On Wednesday the 13th November I boarded a flight to the Centre of Now – Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to visit a leading design fair of high quality and original design – Downtown Design situated in the Dubai Design District [also known as d3]. It was a 5-day showcase of The best Design from Dubai and around the world. Downtown Design is the key event of Dubai Design Week which is one of the largest creative festivals, which takes place annually, brings the regional and international design industry together in Dubai, for a dynamic programme of discovery and networking.

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Three Steps to Set the Scene for a Chic Summer

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Sue McCoubrey from Block & Chisel shares her top styling tips for your summer outdoor spaces this season

When deciding on how to style your outdoor spaces, it’s important to start by looking at what you have to work with. Do you have a covered or uncovered patio?

A small or large or oddly shaped space? A lush or bare space in need of some greening?

Decide how many people you want to host and what your signature decor style is. Once you’ve got a clear idea of the canvas you want to paint, you can start getting creative.

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Reinventing Kitchen Culture

Kitchens are the warm heart of a home, where most of our entertaining is planned – but kitchen design trends evolve rapidly, so be ready for some changes…

The days of keeping your guests out of the kitchen are past. A renaissance is afoot and, according to Decorex Africa’s Trend Report for 2020, it’s time to repurpose your kitchen as a multifunctional space, where cooking, entertaining, relaxation, reading and homework are all supported. This is the message delivered by Creative Director Anita Bloom, author of this authoritative report on décor, interior design and lifestyle trends, which gives us a teasing glimpse of what to expect from Decorex Durban 2020, where the overarching theme is ‘Lifestyle by Design’.  

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The 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year is Classic Blue

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American colour company Pantone has chosen universal favourite Classic Blue, or Pantone 19-4052, as its colour of the year for 2020.

Announced 5 December, the Classic Blue colour is described by Pantone as instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.  Continue reading

Coffee with Katy Meurs

 

Katy Meurs has recently been appointed as Operation Manager for the Lifestyle, Retail and Design portfolio and its easy to see why. She has a ‘let’s can do’ attitude which has seen her win numerous internal company awards at Reed Exhibitions that include:  Most Promising Employee for two years in a row (2019 + 2018) and Most Helpful Employee in 2018. Katy will endeavour to get the job done by going the extra mile no matter how big or small the job is, she carries a sense of calmness with her, coupled with her warmness ensuring that no man, exhibitor or visitor is left behind.

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